Goddard, an adventurer, explorer and lecturer who evidently fell only a few goals short of a boyhood list that numbered more than 100, died Friday at a Glendale hospital of complications from cancer, said his son Jeffery.
In this sentence, why is not 'fell short of only a few goals ' but 'fell only a few goals short of'?
I think 'fall short of' is an idiom. If it is not an idiom, is 'only a few goals' a object of 'fell'?
Plz analyze this sentence in detail. thank you.